I experienced my first Friends-giving in Paris. My college best friend, Annie, and I were studying abroad and sharing a flat in the 9th arrondissement. 9/11 had just happened and we were feeling very American but also grateful to have not been at NYU that semester. Annie made a Thanksgiving feast fit for a king at her Parisian boyfriend’s apartment. My French boyfriend, Romaine, and his sidekick, Antoine, popped over for drinks after. I felt very grown-up and chic and vowed never to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family again.
Now I live 3,000 miles from my family year-round. I’m older and more sentimental and sad that I don’t get to see my family every weekend for Sunday dinner let alone on major holidays. Luckily Annie, who became a personal chef and caterer, lives nearby in Laurel Canyon and we still celebrate Thanksgiving together. Our petite amis have been replaced with American husbands. Annie and her husband Greg have the most adorable son, Teddy, and I plan to spend most of the day squeezing his fat little thighs. I’ll be wearing a tartan maxi dress from Lulus, Chelsea boots from Need Supply Co. (heels are not for holidays in my opinion), and my Alexis Bittar gold Lucite cuff for the occasion. I’ll also carry my Rovi Moss satchel—it’s big enough to accommodate some Tupperware should I be so lucky to be offered leftovers. There’s something extra sweet about gaining a family you choose, especially when they include a young Martha Stewart.
Amelia Champion is an L.A. based actress, writer, and improviser. Her fashion and lifestyle blog Clotheshorse NYC was named one of Lucky Magazine‘s “20 L.A. Style Blogs to Bookmark Now.” Follow her daily on Instagram or Twitter, and use the hashtag #clotheshorsenysee if something sartorial catches your eye.